If you're like most youth athletes, your main goal for the season is to get as much playing time as possible. You want to see the field and feel the excitement of being part of a big play that helps your team. So what can you do to convince your coach to put you in the game more?
You might assume that your coach only considers physical abilities, but most coaches will tell you they look for 3 key characteristics in a player: coachability, effort, and preparedness. Any athlete can control their coachability and effort, but how can you make sure you're prepared?
When it comes to football, being prepared means you better know where you're supposed to be on the field and what your job is. This is as important for your safety as it is for successfully executing a play, so coaches spend significant time in practice teaching player assignments and routes. With limited practice time, your coach has likely asked you to study your playbook outside of practice. If this sounds boring to you, don't worry - we figured out how to make this fun and easy!
SMASH Routes has revolutionized playbook study by turning the task into a game. Imagine if your coach gave you homework by telling you to spend more time gaming. That's right, with SMASH Routes your team playbook is transformed into a mobile game that teaches you every element of your playbook. How often does your screen time get shut down because you're not "being productive"? With SMASH Routes, you'll be encouraged to get on your tablet or phone because you'll be learning while having fun!
Start by advancing through Skills trials that teach you positions, formations, routes and blocking assignments based on the plays in YOUR playbook. As you master trials, you'll collect gold medals and game coins that can be used to customize your game interface. Then, take it to the field in the Playbook trials and run through EVERY play in your playbook from EVERY position. Line up, find your assignment, and run your route with precision as you work your way to Playbook Master!
Your time playing SMASH Routes will get you prepared to step into any position at any time, and you won't be the only one who knows that. As you play, performance data is captured and analyzed for you and your coaches to see. So, Coach will know that you've been putting in work to learn your plays and are ready to take the field. Have you been wanting to play a certain position? Put extra work into that position and prove to Coach that you can handle the job.
So, if you're an athlete who wants more playing time on the field, get more playing time in SMASH Routes. Compete with your teammates and see how it transfers to the field when you're running like a well-oiled machine on game day!
SMASH Routes is FREE to download on the Apple App Store, Google Play, or Amazon Appstore. (If you're under 13 years old, make sure to get your parents consent.) If you'd like to get your TEAM set up to use SMASH Routes, contact us here and tell your coach about it!